Developmental Psychology

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Master's Degree with an Early Intervention Specialization

About the Program

Interested in working in early intervention with children ages 0–5? A Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology with an Early Intervention Specialization from Case Western Reserve University will prepare you to excel in the field. Here, you’ll gain the skills and practical experience you need through our state-of-the-art, interprofessional program. Our renowned faculty will train you across multiple disciplines—including the communication sciences, medicine and nursing as you work directly with children who have developmental delays—and you’ll do it all within walking distance of some of the nation’s top hospitals and schools.

What to Expect

Our rigorous 15-month program will allow you to complete your Master of Arts degree while simultaneously earning an Early Intervention Developmental Specialist Certificate through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Degree requirements include the completion of 38 credits of coursework and placements, with 13 of these credits fulfilling the requirement of the Ohio Early Intervention Services Certificate. You’ll be given opportunities to train in multiple placement sites, including hospitals, schools and clinical settings.

Sample coursework includes:

  • Methods of Assessment
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Early Intervention
  • Medical Aspects of Disabilities
  • Child Language Development
  • Inter-Professional Practicum

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Beyond the Classroom

Not only are our faculty passionate about student mentorship, but our community partners will provide you with opportunities for clinical observation, mentorship and training. These experiences are necessary to develop your problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Graduates of our program are in high demand and may find employment in schools, hospitals, county boards and government settings.

Career trajectories can include:

  • Developmental specialist
  • Registered behavior therapist 
  • Learning specialist

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

The fit between a student and the program philosophy, structure and training is essential in our admissions considerations, as is a commitment to conducting early intervention with young children.

When reviewing your profile for admission consideration, we require the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Three references
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • GRE test scores
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • TOEFL Scores (if applicable)

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